The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating another report of a vehicle that was stolen while “puffing.” Puffing refers to the “puff” of exhaust that can be seen on cold days when vehicles are left running without anybody in them.
This morning, just before 8am, officers were dispatched to the 900 block of White Ave. for a report of a stolen vehicle. The owner said she left it running in front of her house to warm up, and a thief took full advantage of the opportunity. The owner said she thought she had locked the doors with the key fob, but the thief was able to drive off with it anyway.
The vehicle is a 2007 powder blue Toyota Rav 4 with license plate number 069 KPV. If you have any information about this theft or have seen this vehicle please call 970-242-6707.
A similar theft happened earlier this week. A man parked his pickup in front of a convenience store near 29 Rd and North Ave. and left it running while he went inside for a quick cup of coffee. He came out in time to see someone driving off in his pickup, squealing the tires as it turned the corner.
The Western Colorado Auto Theft Task Force reminds all drivers to warm up with your car, and never leave it running unattended.
For more information about preventing your car from being stolen visit www.lockdownyourcar.org.